Friday, August 26, 2016

Just For You

Thought I'd do a quick post about some giveaways you might be interested in. 




Paper Smooches has a brand-new release coming up and a chance to win $25 to the store. I love PS products and am excited to see their new goodies. You can enter here for a chance to win!




You have until the end of the month to enter the a2z Scrapbooking Challenge here with your Hero Arts products and using the Color It In theme and yep, a chance to win $25 to the store!

If you haven't popped over to the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog lately, you should now...there's a month-long giveaway with tons of sponsors including Hero Arts!



Alpha Stamps has some of the cutest little doodads you can buy for crafting and unique items to go along with the Tim Holtz products and patterned papers and "regular" things. They do a giveaway in their newsletter/blog every week! Plus they have an awesome DT who show you amazing work each and every week like this project below.



So, do you like entering contests? I have to admit, sometimes it's the only way to get my mojo back when I find a challenge offering fun prizes :)

Happy Friday!
Chark




Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Birthday with Sparkles

I made this card in a class taught at the Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo last year in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was the first time I went and it was a blast! The Friday night class was a table-hopping fun time. You get to make about 10 cards and learn new techniques and use new products at each table. You sit with the same group, so you get to be craft buddies by the end.


We used a printed piece of acetate (the Eiffel Tower) and backed it with sparkle paper and then added the fun colored corners and silver stickers. This was easy and so pretty irl. Here's a close-up of the glittery goodness. This pic came out blurry, but you can see the sparkle a little better when that happens, so I went with it. 


If you like a night of learning for not much money, this is a great way to do it and they have expos all over, every year. The next two days, there's a bunch of stores set up with make and takes and lots of goodies to purchase. I thought it was well-done and the expo area was easy to find. 

The things I was introduced to were the printed color acetate sheets, just right for cardmaking and the silver thin line stickers that seem to finish off a card just right. I did purchase some of these. I also was introduced to a bunch of new companies.

Happy Monday!
Chark


Friday, August 19, 2016

Crabby BBQ Stamp

The July release of the six digi stamps in the 2 Cute Ink stamp club featured some fun crab images. I colored mine and then life got in the way and I just now made one of the images into a card.


He's printed on kraft paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The paper is Everyday Circus by Fancy Pants.

He reminds me of Mr. Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants...because he's grilling and it's probably a krabby patty :)

I popped the frame up with foam tape and added silver dots at the bottom of the card. The red dots are made with Nuvo Glitter Drops in Ruby Slipper! It's cool because the dots you make actually stay 3-D and don't go flat. They are fun to work with.

You can see the dimension in this close-up.


Happy Almost Weekend, everybody!
Chark


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

School Days

I got this adorable image from A Day for Daisies for free (you can pop over and pick it up too!) and had to color it up. I used my Prismacolor pencils as usual and then mounted it on graph paper and then Amy Tangerine paper. 



I wanted to add something school-related, so I used a paper clip and ruler ribbon I had in my stash. I just know I'll be using this little guy again...even though I had a bad experience with worms and fruit once. When my son was in kindergarten, he came home with a bumpy green fruit from his day at school. It was pretty cool and looked like this. I didn't know the name at the time, but it's a hedge apple or Osage orange.



It sat on the window ledge that day and we were talking about how cool it was. And then Ben said, "Look, a worm!" and sure enough, a tiny green worm head was sticking out. I freaked out, because ew! worm and also worm in my house and probably a lot of worm friends in that fruit. I decided that hedge apple had to live outside after that little discovery. So, technically, I shouldn't like this image from ADFD...but I do anyway :)

I'm up on the a2z Scrapbooking site today with a few cards if you want to stop by...using brand-new dies from the Winter Hero Arts catalog.



Happy Wednesday!
Chark




Monday, August 15, 2016

Have A Fairy Happy Monday

I used this adorable image from A Day for Daisies to make a birthday card for my niece. I made a background for her with Distress Inks. I smooshed the ink pads on a craft mat, spritzed with water and then lay the paper on top. 


I mounted the panel on a card, after I colored the edges with my new Sparkle Spectrum Noir pink pen. Talk about shine! I love these markers, so much glitter and sparkle. You can see it here. You can also see I need to go back over the card and cover those white edges! The wings' sparkle is from Stickles.



The sentiment die is from Lawn Fawn and I cut it from gold paper. The rest of the sentiment "to you" is inside the card.

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, August 12, 2016

Books 'N Cards

I love historical fiction...and I love Young Adult fiction (even though I'm way past Young Adult age, ha!) and this cover definitely makes me want to read this book. 

Here's the synopsis. After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her brother's death was an accident. 



And there's more—strange visitors, a bitter poacher and wild animals...okay, now I definitely want to read it!

Here's a card loosely based on the cover. The scroll work of the fence and the title reminded me of an intricate die from Spellbinders that I have.



My blues are brighter than the gray blues here, and I used silver toned paper instead of gold...but with the title, gold should've been the watchword! Maybe I'll try it again. If I do, I'll post that version too! Too bad I don't have any tree stamps like the trunks on the book. Hmmm...now I have to go see if I have anything similar. This is the Altenew Peony stamp that I've been using over and over lately :)

Hope you have some reading or crafting time in your weekend, I'm off to an art journal class this morning!

Happy Friday!
Chark